Historical Context

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British Colonization
British explorers, led by a Captain Gordon, first landed on Barbados in 1620, but it was not until seven...

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Literary Style

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In In the Castle of My Skin, George Lamming makes use of many of the developments in narrative that took place...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Charques, R. D., Review of In the Castle of My Skin, in Spectator, March 20, 1953, p. 354.


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Buhle, Paul. “C. L. R. James, West Indian: George Lamming Interviewed by Paul Buhle.” In C. L. R. James’s Caribbean, edited by Paget Henry and Paul Buhle. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1992. An interview with Lamming by the biographer of C. L. R. James, the first important West Indian to publish abroad, and in later life an influence on radical activists and critics of society in Britain and the United States, as well as on younger Caribbean writers, including Lamming. The interview concerns the subject of James’s influence on Lamming.

Dance, Daryl Cumber. Conversations with Contemporary West Indian Writers. Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 1993. A collection of interviews with West Indian writers, including Lamming. Other subjects include the Caribbean literary and political patriarch C. L. R. James, the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, and the prominent female novelist Jamaica Kincaid.

Lamming, George. The Pleasures of Exile. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992. A collection of autobiographical, interrelated essays on the perspective and concerns of the postcolonial writer, specifically in the West Indian context. Lamming discusses his own fiction and poetry as well as William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1611) and C. L. R. James’s classic history of the Haitian revolution, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint Louverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938). The Ann Arbor Paper backs edition includes a helpful, lucid foreword by Lamming scholar Sandra Pouchet Paquet of the University of Pennsylvania.

Munro, Ian H. “George Lamming.” In Fifty Caribbean Writers, edited by Daryl Cumber Dance. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986. A biographical and critical essay on Lamming and his work, with helpful citations of critical studies of In the Castle of My Skin and Lamming’s other books.

Paquet, Sandra Pouchet. Foreword to In the Castle of My Skin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1991. An excellent discussion of the novel, most fruitfully read after having read the novel.

Paquet, Sandra Pouchet. The Novels of George Lamming. London: Heinemann, 1982. The first book-length study of Lamming’s work.

Wright, Richard. Introduction to In the Castle of My Skin. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1954. An enthusiastic introduction to the novel’s first edition, by one of the most prominent African American novelists.

Compare and Contrast

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1930s: Barbados, a colony so closely linked to Britain that it is called "Little England" by colonial administrators, enjoys economic...

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Topics for Further Study

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Lamming mentions, in passing, the names of a number of men who became heroes to West Indians of African descent: Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson,...

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What Do I Read Next?

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In the Castle of My Skin was Lamming's first novel. In the same decade that this novel appeared, he also published three other...

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